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All In The Family - Montgomery Overall Service Inc.

"They told me I'd be out of business in six months," said Peter Zwart referring to the challenge a former employer made when Zwart decided to start his own uniform rental and laundering business. Forty years later, the business that began as a family run pressing and drycleaning operation in the garage behind Zwart's Montgomery, NY home, is one of the largest and most established uniform rental and sales outfits in the tri-state area.

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Ever Gracious. Ever Grand. The Mount Washington Hotel

MT. WASHINGTON, NH – One-hundred years after The Mount Washington Hotel opened its doors to the aristocracy of the industrial revolution, the grande ol’ hotel, an elaborate example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture and distinctive world class flare, celebrates a century of grandeur with a renaissance. During that time, the hotel has undergone a transformation that has taken this jewel of New Hampshire’s White Mountains from a summer retreat to a year-round vacation destination.

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Under the Microscope -- Purchasing Group Fallacies Exposed

Hospitals and their purchasing groups are being explored in a series of articles published by The New York Times. The first two pieces in the series were, “2 Hospital Purchasing Groups Face Questions Over Conflicts,” published on March 4, 2002 and “When a Buyer for Hospitals Has a Stake in Drugs It Buys,” published March 26, 2002.

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Veterans Affairs Outsourcing- Ending an Era

After years of predominant in-house laundering, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has started to review the potentials of Competitive Sourcing. This, when from 1980 to 1997, the VA spent about $13 million annually to modernize approximately 61 facilities with the ultimate goal of reducing the cost of operations through modernizing and consolidation of laundry facilities.

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Fire Cripples Passaic County Jail’s Laundry

PASSAIC, NJ – A fire that broke out in a New Jersey prison laundry last week damaging light fixtures and electrical wiring is currently under investigation. The fire, which was contained to the laundry room in the Passaic County Jail, injured no one.

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Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor

BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.

“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.

In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”